Marijuana Possession Charges in Murrieta
Cannabis: Illegal in California
Despite the proven medical benefits and its popularity as a recreational
drug, marijuana is still illegal. The state of California has gone through
many reforms of the marijuana law, and as of January 1, 2011, a possession
of as much as one ounce or less is an infraction, punished by a $100 fine.
Anything larger than one ounce is considered a misdemeanor under California
Health and Safety Code 11357. Various laws pertain to first and second
time offenders, allowing them to spend time at a treatment facility in
lieu of jail. Vehicle Code enforces specific laws for marijuana found
in a moving vehicle as well.
Although some people can legally possess specific amounts of marijuana
under California law, those who do not carry a medical cannabis card can
be charged with various criminal laws. Like any other controlled substance,
if you possess large enough amounts of marijuana with
intent to sell, you could be charged with a felony. Other governing laws that are particular
to marijuana and varying penalties for possession include:
- Sale or possession of marijuana to minors
- Driving under the influence of marijuana
- Marijuana paraphernalia, including pipes and smoking apparatuses
- Marijuana in a vehicle
Federal law dictates marijuana as an illegal source under the Controlled
Substances Act as well. Due to this fact, medical marijuana patients who
hold a valid medical marijuana card in California are not protected on
federal land such as federal parks and forests.
Reducing Your Charges with a Qualified Lawyer
If you have been arrested for possession of marijuana or know someone who
has, a Murrieta criminal defense attorney can help lower or acquit you
of your charges. An attorney may be able to successfully reduce a misdemeanor
possession to an infraction or fight to have you serve your jail time
in a drug correctional facility. Do not hesitate in contacting an experienced
attorney from our law firm if you have been arrested in Riverside County
or surrounding areas.
Our office is located near the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, California.
We represent individuals in the Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar,
Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Banning, Corona and Riverside areas. We provide
legal services in both Romanian and Spanish as well.